The TRUTH on Folk Remedies for Heartburn

It’s been known for some time. Many folk remedies that will significantly alleviate heartburn symptoms, even if victims must realize that a complete program of treatment must still be followed to truly eradicate heartburn. But what can folk remedies do on their own to help heartburn? The first priority for many victims of heartburn, stunned by the inadequacy of classical medicine (typically only providing temporary relief and undesirable side effects), is to know if folk remedies can do any better.

It is the burning sensation that causes pain in the esophagus just below the breastbone that defines heartburn. Occasional heartburn (not more than once per week) may happen to anyone, but chronic heartburn is more likely to be a sign of GERD - gastro esophageal reflux disease, also referred to as acid reflux.

Usually, the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) opens only to let foodstuffs into the stomach and then shuts before stomach acid can reflux into the esophagus.  It is when the LES activates randomly or fails to fully close, that acid splashes back into the esophagus, attacking the lining and triggering the burning sensation of heartburn, a symptom of GERD. GERD is really a mechanical problem. It is the weakness of the LES that encourages acid reflux up into the esophageal passage from the stomach.

The problem of the strength being sapped from the LES can come about for a number of reasons. Genetically inherited traits, bad sleep habits, obesity, stress and the wrong diet can all contribute. These are the real causes that must be treated rather than just the symptoms if lasting relief is to be achieved from heartburn. Because the weakness of the LES (lower esophageal sphincter) is a major trigger, just like the excess of acidity in the stomach, what must be targeted are the lifestyle, dietary and medical underlying causes. It should be noted that extra acidity can also be brought on not only by certain types of diet and lifestyle, but also by Candida infection.

Folk remedies to deal with GERD have been around for much longer that modern medicinal treatments, and scientific studies done recently indicate that traditional cures may well be effective. Examples of traditional remedies that have been found helpful in handling heartburn are:

1. Raise the head of your bed. Doing this by 6 to 8 inches will prevent the up-flow of gastric acid into your esophagus. 2. Sleep on the left. In this position, your esophagus will be higher than your stomach, because you stomach is situated on the left side and your esophagus enters it from the right. Thus reflux of acid will be reduced. 3. Because honey can calm esophageal inflammation, eating a teaspoonful of honey (without heating it or transforming it in any way) will also bring relief thanks to its antioxidant and antibacterial properties. 4. Green tea can improve digestion and reduce acidity, particularly when it contains ginseng. 5. Reduce the size of your meals, possibly by eating more meals per day. They are easier to digest. Eating slowly helps reduce undue load on your stomach as well. 6. Drink water between meals. In particular, mineral water can help to correctly increase the alkaline content in your digestive system.

It must be remembered that while folk remedies can be excellent for symptom reduction, they need to be part of a bigger picture. As part of a full plan, folk remedies can make good contributions to the development of a heartburn free life.

Were you aware that the heartburn that causes you pain today could be gone tomorrow by the application of holistic, 100% natural treatments that also include traditional and effective folk remedies?

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